Civil rights action against police officers for no-knock entry into plaintiffs' family home
Bellotte v. Edwards, 10-1115, concerned plaintiffs' suit against police officers claiming several causes of action under 42 U.S.C. section 1983 and state law, arising from a late-night, no-knock entry into plaintiffs' family home on suspicion of child pornography related offenses.
In reversing in part, the court held that, because a man of reasonable
intelligence would not have believed that exigent circumstances existed
in this situation, the district court's holding that this no-knock entry
violated the plaintiffs' clearly established constitutional rights and
does not warrant an award of qualified immunity. However, the court
affirmed in part the district court's denial of qualified immunity with
respect to one of the plaintiff's excessive-weapons claims, but reversed
the district court's denial of qualified immunity as to remaining two
plaintiffs' excessive weapons claims. Lastly, the court dismissed the
plaintiffs' challenge to the district court's grant of summary judgment
to the officers with respect tot he validity of the search warrant and
the reasonableness of various aspects of the search, for lack of
jurisdiction as there is no final order governing those issues from
which to appeal.